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Winter 5% Challenge: trigger foods/situations

Friday, December 02, 2011

I'm an emotional eater, meaning (for me) that I tend to eat when I'm bored, anxious, lonely or upset. No matter how good my intentions, I find it extremely difficult to change my eating habits when I get bored or the day seems to somehow go awry.

I have a love/hate relationship with sweet foods such as ice cream and salty foods such as chips. I believe I've been doing really well with ice cream. I tend to buy the single serving containers or boxes of individually wrapped treats. I think this has helped me because once I reach the bottom of the container or finish the treat, I know I've consumed my limit for the day. However, chips are a different story. I've been doing better but some days are more challenging than others. Typically, I've learned not to purchase any chips because I can't eat something that isn't in the house. On rare occasions I do buy a bag of chips. Once I buy them, it almost seems like I've doomed myself because once I start eating them, I can't seem to stop myself.

I feel like I'm getting better at recognizing my trigger foods and dealing with the ways I handle the situation surrounding my emotional eating episodes. I've noticed I have significantly fewer cravings for junk food and feel better when I indulge less frequently. However, I still consume these foods on occasion and don't feel quite as guilty when I indulge since I've been purchasing these items in single serve portions.
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  • DANA564
    I have a hard time when something is in the house too. Great idea about the single serving size. Have your tried the new POP chips? I find them in the health food section of the grocery store. They satisfy the craving for something salty and crunchy and are not as bad as chips. Just a suggestion. I believe you can do this!! Good luck! Go cats! emoticon
    2924 days ago
  • FUNKY5RED
    I'm with you on the not having the trigger foods in the house. Buying single serving portions is a good way to handle tempting foods. Good job!
    2924 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    i AM LIKE YOU ONE OF MY main trigger food is chips,
    2925 days ago
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